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The Cameraman and the Count

The Cameraman and the Count

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 18th 2018

Today marks the dual birthday of two men who gave the The Barefoot Contessa (1954) her breathtaking screen life and tragic death. Arriving in theaters 64 years ago this month, The Barefoot Contessa&nb

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Pygmalion Picks

Pygmalion Picks

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 15th 2018

My Fair Lady triumphantly opened on Broadway 62 years ago today to begin its record-setting original six-and-a-half year run and – by George, we’re getting it! – the eagerly anticipated new Lincoln C

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Overabundance on Offer

Overabundance on Offer

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 28th 2017

When it held its gala New York world premiere 63 years ago this week, there was already too much muchness about writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s glamorous The Barefoot Contessa (1954) to admi

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Barefoot and Bravura

Barefoot and Bravura

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 21st 2016

Among the great female screen stars, Ava Gardner seemed to experience personal highs and lows in juxtaposition. Her two signature 1951 movie roles – that of Julie LaVerne in Show Boat and Pandora Re

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